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Filmmaking

Film Production, COVID and Insurance

Film Production, COVID and Insurance

I have been reading articles, talking with insurance companies, bond companies and others about insurance industry for Indie Film Productions in the US. The challenge is that Indie Films need the required insurance to cover a film when it is funded through the Indie method of Banking-Minimum Guarantees-Equity-Distributor-Completion Bond.

Fight Scene Details

In the films that I’ve worked on like the ”Taken” series, ”American History X”, etc., the script conveyed action in a laconic manner – and was later fleshed out in relation to the actual location and shot lists.  Shane Black was masterful in writing his action moments together with strong characterization. 

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CREATIVE EXPLORERS! This is a Go To website for Production Incentives, especially overseas.   1. Pandemic Response for Productions: With the ongoing pandemic, I think that there are going to more and more productions going overseas. The protocols in other countries...

American History X

American History X

American History X is a 1998 American crime drama film directed by Tony Kaye, written by David McKenna, and stars Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Fairuza Balk, Stacy Keach, Elliott Gould, Avery Brooks, Ethan Suplee, and Beverly D'Angelo. The film was released in the...

Taken – The Original

Taken – The Original

Taken is a 2008 English-language French action thriller film directed by Pierre Morel, written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, and starring Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Leland Orser, Jon Gries, David Warshofsky, Holly Valance, Katie Cassidy, Xander Berkeley,...

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Film Production, COVID and Insurance

Film Production, COVID and Insurance

I have been reading articles, talking with insurance companies, bond companies and others about insurance industry for Indie Film Productions in the US. The challenge is that Indie Films need the required insurance to cover a film when it is funded through the Indie method of Banking-Minimum Guarantees-Equity-Distributor-Completion Bond.

Fight Scene Details

In the films that I’ve worked on like the ”Taken” series, ”American History X”, etc., the script conveyed action in a laconic manner – and was later fleshed out in relation to the actual location and shot lists.  Shane Black was masterful in writing his action moments together with strong characterization. 

Values in Filmmaking: Artistic Value

What are the ‘Values’ for Indie Filmmaking?   When we think of ‘Values’ and Independent Film, I have seen Values that consistently show themselves in the financing and making of a Film.   The challenge is that not everybody is looking at the same cards at the...

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Routine: Waking up Early I have gotten into the habit of becoming an Early Riser.  This is particularly challenging in today’s world of pandemic where the usual required and obligatory routines ie work, school, etc., are either diminished or eliminated.  Now stock day...

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CREATIVE EXPLORERS! This is a Go To website for Production Incentives, especially overseas.   1. Pandemic Response for Productions: With the ongoing pandemic, I think that there are going to more and more productions going overseas. The protocols in other countries...

CREATIVITY

Film Production, COVID and Insurance

Film Production, COVID and Insurance

I have been reading articles, talking with insurance companies, bond companies and others about insurance industry for Indie Film Productions in the US. The challenge is that Indie Films need the required insurance to cover a film when it is funded through the Indie method of Banking-Minimum Guarantees-Equity-Distributor-Completion Bond.

Fight Scene Details

In the films that I’ve worked on like the ”Taken” series, ”American History X”, etc., the script conveyed action in a laconic manner – and was later fleshed out in relation to the actual location and shot lists.  Shane Black was masterful in writing his action moments together with strong characterization. 

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CREATIVE EXPLORERS! This is a Go To website for Production Incentives, especially overseas.   1. Pandemic Response for Productions: With the ongoing pandemic, I think that there are going to more and more productions going overseas. The protocols in other countries...

Michael is in Miami reporting for Indie Brigade at the worldwide NATPE conference.  NATPE is the much required short version of ”National Association of Television Programming Executives”.   While the organization started as traditional television, the group now...

CURIOUSITY & TRENDS

Michael is in Miami reporting for Indie Brigade at the worldwide NATPE conference.  NATPE is the much required short version of ”National Association of Television Programming Executives”.   While the organization started as traditional television, the group now...

World War II Submarines

I just love World War II submarine films.  I've seen them all. Been trying to figure out how to do one for years - the plans are in the works as they say.  Here's a great minidocumentary on the largest submarine of World War II - built by the Japanese to fly planes!...

PRODUCTIVITY

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Routine: Waking up Early I have gotten into the habit of becoming an Early Riser.  This is particularly challenging in today’s world of pandemic where the usual required and obligatory routines ie work, school, etc., are either diminished or eliminated.  Now stock day...

“Mastery” by Robert Green

The book, "Mastery" by Robert Greene, is a fascinating compendium of masters throughout history who utilizes various techniques to learn their craft and become Masters.   Taking, for example, Leonardo Da Vinci, we can see how the apprenticeship structure played a key...

MIT Professor: Disconnect Me from the Internet

In this Day, when the internet supplies all the human needs, an MIT Professor suggest disconnecting from the internet.  He simply no longer trusts the internet.  I would not either in a number of ways.  The internet can act, in many ways, like a crutch. If you don't...

PRODUCER

Michael works as a Producer-Line Producer-UPM.  He is a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA), the Producers Guild of America (PGA) and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG).   He is a bondable Line Producer.  In this area, he has developed and worked toward his Filmmaking With a Calculator focus due to continued requests from producers to reconcile their script with their funding.

ENTREPRENEUR

Michael works in Media in both the traditional filmmaking motifs like Line Producing on such films as “Taken”, “Taken 2”, and “Taken 3”.  He also works in Guerilla Filmmaking, directing low budget features and web series.

As an Entrepreneur, he is a businessman working in marketing for the burgeoning and explosive CBD market as a partner in several companies, cryptocurrrency and blockchain.

WRITER

Michael has written screenplays, novels and plays.  His “Stealing Thunder” series won the Thrillspy Award.  His script for the feature film “Conviction: Murder in Four Parts” won the Best Screenplay Award in the Culver City Film Festival.  He has written for two web series.  He has been hired to write or had optioned 14 scripts.

Michael earned a Masters Degree in Professional Writing from the prestigious USC Writing Program.   As a lifetime student of history, he searches for more stories to tell.

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ABOUT

Michael Mandaville received a Master's Degree from USC in their prestigious Professional Writing Program, attended the BA program for Columbia College and received a BA from UCSB in Philosophy. Additionally, is a media Producer, Writer, Director, and Adventurer. His credits span across 8 novels, over 50 Film & TV Productions and as many screenplays.

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Culver City, CA